Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Wishing Well

The Wishing Well was the brainchild of Brigantes Rotary President Mike Bevington. It was constructed in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens as Brigantes’ contribution to mark the Millenium.

Mike worked closely with Harrogate Borough Council and together they came up with the idea that its design should reflect that of earlier Spa Well Heads (fortunately there was a drawing of one in the Pump Room Museum) and that it should be built of Yorkshire stone. The final cost of £1,600 was raised by Mike with donations from Harrogate Brigantes Rotary and the Sykes Trust.

The Wishing Well was opened on 22nd June 2000 at a Service of Blessing conducted by Rotarian Rev David Hoskins. Since then there have been various minor design modifications and it continues to raise around £1,600 every year to help Brigantes support local charities.

It’s just along from the Valley Gardens tea room, so next time you’re there drop your coin in and listen to the bell ping!

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